Health Care in the UK

How do I register with a GP

Everybody in the UK is eligible to register with a local doctor (GP) and to access primary care for free.
To find your local GP go to
Scroll down to “Health Services Near you” and type your postcode in clicking on GPs
This will give you a list of your local GPs.
To register at a GP surgery you will need attend the surgery and give your name, date of birth, address and telephone number. The receptionist may also ask for additional documents, for example proof of address or proof of ID.

Sometimes it can be difficult to register with GPs, because you do not have the documents asked for.

An organisation called Project London advise on how to access health services and can help you to register with a GP.

Project London is a free clinic and health advocacy programme run by the humanitarian organisation Doctors of the World UK. It helps vulnerable people who have difficulty accessing healthcare, regardless of nationality or immigration status.

If you are having difficulty getting registered with a GP or are being refused specialist treatment because of your status or inability to pay, you can see Project London for advice and assistance.

Doctors are also available at
Project London if you need a medical consultation.

You do not need to bring any documents with you to visit the clinic, only details of any medication you may be taking.

(Please note that Project London is not an alternative to your GP and does not provide second opinions for people who are already receiving treatment.)

The clinic is based in Praxis and is open Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays 1 – 5pm and the first Saturday of every month.
Address: Praxis. Pott Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QA
Tel: 020 7515 7534; 079 7461 6852; 020 7613 4106

If you need more specialist care your GP can refer you to see a consultant in the hospital. This is called secondary care, and depending on your immigration situation, it may or may not be for free.